For Immediate Release: July 31, 2014

New Hanover County Couple Charged with Insurance Fraud

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Samuel James Spicer, 61, of 108 Apple Road, Castle Hayne, and Aletha Jinwright Spicer, 46, of the same address.

Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that the Spicers provided false and misleading information to CNA Insurance on Aug. 9, 2010, to support an injury claim against Carolina Restaurant Group on behalf of their 11-year-old son.

The Spicers turned themselves in to Pender County authorities on July 26, were each charged with one count of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and placed under a $10,000 bond.

The Department of Insurance employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2009, criminal investigators have made more than 1,000 arrests, resulting in more than 500 criminal convictions with more than 200 cases currently pending court. These efforts have delivered more than $61 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.

An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims. To report suspected fraud, contact the Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.com.

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